Verdict from 5.8 hours of research from the internet

20 users: 4.5 / 5
2 experts: 96 / 100

10 reasons to buy

  • The Xodus ISO Runshield oozes with comfort, based on most comments.
  • It has exceptional durability, according to some reviewers.
  • The protection is superb in the toughest conditions, as noticed by more than a handful.
  • The Runshield version is highly-water resistant.
  • More than a couple of runners were amazed by the shoe’s durability.
  • The Runshield version of the Xodus ISO is lighter than the previous model.
  • It is more responsive, as mentioned by a more than a few runners.
  • More than a handful loved the color combinations of this shoe.
  • Some testers confirmed that the FlexShell upper dries quickly when soaked with water.
  • A handful took the roads in this trail-specific shoe without any issues.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The traction is no longer as good as the Vibram version, according to several runners.
  • Some runners were irritated by the rocks that get stuck in the outsole.
  • It needs some break-in period, as noticed by a few.
  • The price would have been reasonable had it been a full waterproof version, as mentioned in a couple of reviews.
  • A few runners wanted a better mud-clearing outsole.
  • A handful of reviewers remarked that it is really smaller than the previous Xodus versions.

Bottom line

Saucony’s beast of a trail shoe unveils a new ISOFIT upper that keeps the weight off with more than enough support. Additionally, the Runshield takes the shoe to another level as the water-resistant upper makes it an even more versatile shoe where usage in inclement weather goes. The rugged shoe offers luxurious comfort and pretty light for a muscled trail monster.

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  • The Xodus ISO gets a total makeover in the latest iteration that it can be classified as a totally new shoe. Without a doubt, the most obvious changes are readily found in the upper. In this version, the changes in the upper dictates the new name of this shoe. The new upper technology gives a more comfortable, precise, and lightweight fit. For good measure, this version has water-repellent upper that keeps the foot dry during drizzles or early morning runs on grass or dead leaves.
  • The outsole of the Xodus ISO Runshield replaces the Vibram with Saucony’s proprietary PwrTrac technology. Saucony made the change to enhance durability, ground feedback, and a little torsional bend. It gives the shoe better cushioning as well as the outsole slightly compresses upon impact.
  • The last major change in this shoe is the introduction of the Everun top sole, which gives the midsole substantially more durability and responsiveness. It also gives the shoe an improved performance for long distance running because of this new feature.

The Runshield model of the Xodus ISO offers a standard fit to runners. It has a really good heel and midfoot hold that is by no means constrictive. The forefoot god enough space to be comfortable without being sloppy. It is the type of fit that generally accommodates different foot widths. The shoe runs true to size.

Saucony’s PwrTrac rubber compound covers a large part of the outsole for a blend of traction and durability. Most notable in the outsole layout are deep zigzag lugs in the middle of the outsole. It definitely helps with the grip on varied outdoor surfaces. At the perimeter of the shoe are large and arrow-shaped lugs that face opposite directions. The design makes uphill or downhill moves easier to handle. Saucony uses this outsole configuration as this has a more forgiving compression, which aids slightly the cushioning and shock-absorbing abilities of the shoe.

Saucony unveils the Everun technology as the top sole of the Xodus ISO Runshield. It is noted as having more durability and responsiveness than any of the midsole technologies currently offered by the company. This sits on top of a regular EVA, which by itself has decent cushioning and responsiveness.

The upper dictates the performance, feel, and fit of the Xodus ISO Runshield. As the Runshield technology is known for, the upper is coated with DWR material, which is extremely resistant to water. The lightweight support is made possible by the ISOFit construction of the mesh. These overlays are tied to the laces and greatly helps with the security and support in this shoe. Trail protection comes in the form of the Molded Toe Shell or a relatively thick rubberized material that prevents the toes from getting bruised. A gusseted design keeps the tongue in place and keeps debris from easily getting inside. Enhanced comfort is provided by the ComforLite Sockliner, which is also utilized for its anti-odor and anti-microbial properties. The Rundry lining around the ankle collar wicks moisture away and ramps up the step-in comfort.

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How Xodus ISO Runshield compares

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This shoe: $140
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This shoe: 10.3oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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